My position on the legalization of Marijuana is soley for medical reasons only. I am not too supportive for Marijuana to be used for recreational purposes because of how people will use it i.e getting high just to get high. I am for Marijuana for medical purposes because of the results and help people got from from it.
Results of Marijuana being used to help ease symptoms of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are mixed. Some research states that patients using Marijuana for their mental illness does help improve some of their severe symptoms, but there are other research that states that it has made some symptoms even worst. Further research is needed for the use of Marijuana for mentally ill patients because I do believe that using Marijuana can give significant help to someone. According to the New York Times, the use of Cannabis helps elevates symptoms for people dealing with nausea from chemotherapy, symptoms of epilepsy, and pain associated with AIDS.
In contrast to my belief with Marijuana being used for recreational purpose, the New York Times stated that legalizing Marijuana will not lead to an increase in usage. The article suggested that if the Government enforces an age restriction for usage of Marijuana, then an increase of usage is highly unlikely. To bring some convincing to people who are opposed of the idea, using Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Researchers state that a “casual use” of Marijuana only causes little to no risk whereas alcohol can turn someone into an alcoholic with regular and excessive use.
People do not agree with the legalization of Marijuana. In contrast to what I believe, some state that it cannot be used for medical use, it increases public cost, drug cartels will thrive, and Marijuana usage will increase. There are different views and different needs for Marijuana, but I do believe that usage of Marijuana can help someone who medically needs help.